Local Authors

Antony Woodward

‘Nick Hornby meets Jeremy Clarkson – acutely funny.’ - Mariella Frostrup

Paul Henry

A poet’s poet who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination."

Owen Sheers

Award winning Abergavenny born writer, poet and playwright. Author of Resistance.

Caroline Downey

Award winning artist who works from her hillside home in the Black Mountains.

Chris Barber

Chris Barber is a well known author in Wales with thirty books published to date.  His knowledge of the myths, legends and history of the area is unparalled.

Rebecca Loncraine

Rebecca Loncraine was born in England and grew up on a hill farm in the Black Mountains of Wales.

After attending art school, she studied history and literature, and wrote a doctorate in English literature at Oxford University. She is a freelance writer. Research for her first book, The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum, was funded by fellowship grants from the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy. Rebecca is also a glider pilot. For more information about Rebecca and her work, please visit her website www.rebeccaloncraine.com

Horatio Clare

A writer, radio producer and journalist. Born in London.

Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker is a well-known local writer, landscape photographer and mountain addict.

Nicola Davies

A zoologist and children's author who has written over 30 books for a wide range of ages.

Malcolm Llywelyn

“Bachgen bach o Ferthyr erioed erioed”.

Born and brought up in Merthyr Tydfil, Malcolm, who has learnt Welsh, started to contribute reports and articles to Y Fan a’r Lle, the Welsh language community newspaper for Brecon and the surrounding area. His first three books were then published between 2011 and 2012.

Bywyd y Bannau is a book of fictional short stories about life in the Brecon Beacons and includes “Y Frongoch”, a story which won the Academy Cymreig/Lingo Newydd competition for writing a short story for Welsh learners in 2008.

Adele Nozedar

Local foraging superstar!

Frank Olding

Heritage Officer at Blaenau Gwent Council. Previously Frank was curator of Abergavenny museum.

Catherine Barr

With her first picture book, The Story of Life, Catherine hopes to spark interest amongst children around the story of evolution.

Co-written with local science teacher Steve Williams and consultant, Brian Rosen from the Natural History Museum, the book was inspired by her inability to find such a book for her own children. She is now working on The Story of Space with space scientist Professor Monica Grady.

Celestine & The Hare

Karin Celestine lives in a small house in Monmouth, Wales. In her garden there is a shed and in that shed is another world. The world of Celestine and the Hare.

It is a world where weasels are ruled by King Norty, pandas ride space hoppers and bears read stories to each other. It is a place that makes people smile and where kindness is the order of the day. All are welcome.

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1992, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
CS Lewis